Mali’s security forces carried out more than a hundred extrajudicial executions in the first quarter of 2020, mainly in the center of the country, the current epicenter of jihadist and inter-community violence in which this Sahel nation is located. According to the latest report from the UN Mission’s Human Rights Department (MINUSMA).
During that time, the division “noted with concern the increasing involvement of the Malian security and defense forces in human rights abuses, most of which were committed in the center, particularly in Douentza and Niono,” the report said.
There were 101 extrajudicial executions, 32 enforced disappearances and 32 cases of torture or inhuman and degrading treatment, and 116 arbitrary arrests by security forces across the country.
The “most emblematic case” documented by MINUSMA was the arrest of 19 people on February 16, 13 of whom were executed, while the remaining six are missing in Niono County in the Ségou region.